http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/perhaps-its-not-her-man-huma-stands-by Huma Abedin — wife of candidate for New York City mayor and disgraced former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y. — is confounding political analysts. Why, after her husband recently admitted on the campaign trail he had continued his sexting exploits subsequent to resigning from office in 2011, would she continue to stand by her […]
http://pjmedia.com/blog/obama-tells-marines-al-qaeda-is-near-defeat-decimated/?print=1 Just days after issuing a sweeping terror alert that broadly warned Americans against global travel and temporarily closing embassies across the Middle East, President Obama returned to pressing his longtime narrative that al-Qaeda is on the run. Obama told Marines at Camp Pendleton this afternoon that he was there to mark the war in […]
http://pjmedia.com/claudiarosett/the-uns-millennium-development-flop/?singlepage=true At the United Nations, America’s new ambassador, Samantha Power, reported for duty on Monday. In remarks  just before presenting her credentials, Power listed some of the top items on her UN to-do list, including working together “to alleviate global poverty.” Let’s hope Power takes a look at a new study of UN development […]
Louis Fischer, born in 1896 in Philadelphia, was a journalist who became a supporter and believer in the Soviet Union and world communism. He lived in Moscow for many years. In an essay in The God That Failed Fischer describes how in the middle 1930’s the Soviets ordered all writers to “treat the present as though it did not exist and the future as if it had already arrived.” That became known as Socialist Realism. Russian workers who lived in poverty and shared a single room with other families were depicted as well fed, smiling and happy. That was the communist depiction of the future, a future that never arrived.
Socialist Realism was promotion of fantasy for political reasons. The present did not live up to the enthusiastic promises and predictions that accompanied the founding of the communist state. Rather than admit error, the supporters constructed a mental fantasy world. The promises would still come true, but they would be delayed for understandable reasons. In the meantime they pretended the promises had already come true.
The U.S. Department of Energy has a plan to reduce the cost of solar power by a factor of 4 by 2020 with the hope that solar would increase from .05% of our power to 14% by 2030. The motivation is, of course, to reduce emissions of CO2. This is Climate Realism, very similar to Socialist Realism. Not only does solar power, at the plant gate, cost 4-8 times as much as conventional power, but it is erratic and seasonal to say nothing of not working at night. It also needs to be placed in the southwest where there is a lot of sunshine. This leads to needing storage of electricity, or perhaps storage of heat for certain types of solar. The only practical and efficient way of storing electricity is pumped storage, or two lakes at very different altitudes with a reversible hydroelectric plant connecting them. Then you need extra long, very high voltage power lines to bring the electricity from the southwest deserts to the cloudy cities of the Midwest and East. The Department of Energy is spinning a fantasy. Most of the cost of solar power is in pedestrian things like steel and concrete. Even if the cost of photovoltaic panels were zero, solar would not be remotely competitive. If complete solar plants cost zero, it would still not be practicable due to the cost of backup plants, electricity storage and long power lines.
In one fell swoop, the FDR administration classified a group of citizens as dangerous solely based on their national origin. What do West Coast Japanese and New England Chechens have in common? Everything, in the eyes of critics of the nation’s wars. In the aftermath of April’s Boston Marathon bombing, police forces killed Tamerlan Tsarnaev […]
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324653004578651952240608788.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop The U.S. regarded the terrorist group’s affiliates as local problems—instead of fighting their potent Islamist ideology. Al Qaeda is a group that prizes symmetry and symbolism. When I interrogated Osama bin Laden‘s personal propagandist and secretary, Ali al Bahlul, at Guantanamo Bay in 2002, he confessed that they take great care with timing to […]
THE BROUHAHA OVER RADOSH’S NASTY REVIEW, AND THE SHABBY TREATMENT OF MARK TAPSON AND DIANA WEST OVER AT FRONTPAGE, APPARENTLY HAS MADE MR. RADOSH WRITE THIS TRASH TO DEFEND HIS ATTACK AND DESIRE TO DEFAME DIANA WEST AND DESTROY HER BOOK. HIS BOAST OF A “TAKE DOWN” OF THE BOOK IS BRAGGADOCIO…THE ONLY THING RON RADOSH TOOK DOWN IS HIS OWN PANTS…..AND INCIDENTALLY, TODAY FP REPRINTED THIS SCREED WITH THE TITLE “DOWN THE CRACKPOT ALLEY”….RSK
Today, my review of Diana West’s new book, American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character , has been posted at FrontPageMagazine , the website of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. I urge PJM readers to go and read it, and to consider the arguments I make about why I find her book to be a betrayal, but not the kind she charges existed in our past. Indeed, what I argue in the review is that her book is actually a betrayal of serious and honest history, an ideologically bound argument that ignores real evidence, distorts our past, and creates a mythical counter-narrative to understanding decisions made during WWII.
Here is my concluding paragraph:
Conspiratorial theories of history are easy to create once you are prepared to ignore the realities on the ground, or regard those who do take them into account as part of the conspiracy too. This is the path that Diana West has taken in her misconceived and misleading book. Why did the U.S. and Britain not prevent the totalitarian USSR from taking over Eastern Europe after it had defeated the totalitarian Nazis? It had nothing to do with the Rubik’s Cube of diplomatic and military considerations, a calculus that had to take into account the willingness of the American and British publics to continue to sacrifice and their soldiers to die. No, it was a conspiracy so immense, as West’s hero Joe McCarthy might have said, that it allowed Western policy to be dictated by a shadow army of Soviet agents. It is unfortunate that a number of conservatives who should know better have fallen for West’s fictions. It is even more depressing that her book perpetuates the dangerous one dimensional thinking of the Wisconsin Senator and his allies in the John Birch Society which have allowed anti anti-communism to have a field day in our intellectual culture.
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3922/europe-ramadan The real reason for the withdrawal of the documentary, according to bloggers in Finland, was because the documentary — which included the forgotten women of the Arab Spring and the public rapes of women in Egypt — is critical of the low status of women under Islam. Muslims across Europe are marking the end […]
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Controls/SendFriend.ashx?print=1&type=1&item=13654 Surrendering Judea and Samaria (“West Bank”) in the context of civil disobedience, Jewish law, and the Middle East Peace Process. From Prof. Louis René Beres Sometimes, tragedy and irony may arrive together. Now that it is reportedly back “on track,” the so-called Middle East Peace Process threatens Israel with additional dismemberment, and eventual disappearance. […]
http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/08/07/israel-ambassador-oren-slams-new-york-times-article-on-palestinian-rock-throwers-says-it-dehumanized-israeli-victims/ Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, responded sharply to a New York Times article published Tuesday, that favorably depicted Palestinian Arab youths who throw stones at Israelis. “While Palestinian protagonists are described in detail, their Israeli victims are largely dehumanized ‘settlers’ — no name, age or gender,” Oren writes in a letter- […]